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Presented by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

April 17–July 12
Ian Wallace, "At Work 1983," 1983. Graphite on paper, 48 x 69 in. Rennie Collection, Vancouver

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets)
Free and open to the public
Opening reception: Thursday, April 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Gallery hours:
Tues.-Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat. noon-5 p.m.; closed Sun. and Mon.
More info: 415.355.9673, wattis.org

The Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts presents the exhibition Many Places at Once.

Decades after the "post-studio" turn announced by Minimalism and Conceptual art in the 1960s, Many Places at Once reconsiders the place of artistic production in our era of creative industries and flexible labor.

Featuring new commissions and existing works by seven international artists, the exhibition presents artworks that call attention to the nuanced circumstances that characterize the economic, social, and technological conditions in which artists work today:

Martin Soto Climent
Rana Hamadeh
Cinthia Marcelle
William Powhida
Li Ran
Ian Wallace

and Real Time and Space

Taken individually, each contemporary work presents a site: a hotel, a notebook, an archive, a network, an event, or a theatrical stage. Together they constitute the “many places” -- physical and conceptual -- that “at once” constitute a reimagined artist’s studio.

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Presented by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Friday, April 18, 7:00–8:00 pm
Rana Hamadeh, "Al Karantina," 2013. Lecture-performance; cabinet: 67 x 19 ½ x 63 in. Commissioned for "The Magic of The State at Beirut," 2013. [Courtesy the artist]

360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets)

Free and open to the public
More info: Rita Souther, rsouther@cca.edu

Rana Hamadeh is a performance and visual artist currently based in Rotterdam. Interested in a curatorial approach within her artistic practice, she works on long-term discursive research-based projects that involve different levels of collaborations.

The collaborations are presented to the public in the form of lecture-performances, audio/text-based installations, mind maps, and public/documented conversations.

In 2011 Hamadeh initiated Alien Encounters, a long-term research project that serves an umbrella for a continuously growing archive of performance/theatrical works, cartographic/choreographic projects, and different sorts of artistic and theoretical gestures, ideas, collaborations, etc.

Initially inspired by Sun Ra's film Space is the Place (1974), which proposes an African American exodus toward outer space in response to racial injustice, Alien Encounters aims at reaching such a gesture of moving outward in terms of contemporary conditions of injustice that inhabit, embody, and traverse us today.

Part of Alien Encounters, Hamadeh's lecture-performance "Al Karantina," presented at the Wattis Institute as part of the Many Places At Once public program, weaves original photographs, documents, historical events, personal encounters, and fictions in a web of associations to question notions of contagion and resistance, citizenship, and alienness.

Her work "Al Karantina" also has a sculptural component: a wooden cabinet in which the artist's archives and documents are displayed, which are then activated during her lecture-performance.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy & Bill Timken. Generous support provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and the Curator’s Forum.

Presented by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice

Saturday, May 10, 2:00–5:00 pm

350 Kansas Street, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the public
More info: Rita Souther, rsouther@cca.edu